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Re: raise-frame doesn't work in Fedora Core 4

From: Richard Stallman
Subject: Re: raise-frame doesn't work in Fedora Core 4
Date: Wed, 01 Nov 2006 23:42:40 -0500

    It figures out the current desktop (i.e. if you have more than one 
    workspace/desktop) by inspecting the property _NET_WM_DESKTOP or 
    _WIN_WORKSPACE on the root window.  It then switches the window to the 
    desktop by sending a client message _NET_CURRENT_DESKTOP.  Finally it 
    activates the window by sending the client message _NET_ACTIVE_WINDOW.

What part of this is really right to do, here?
Is it right to move the window to the current desktop?
It seems strange to me that raise-frame would do that.

Would it be hard to code this in C?

    > Does this use of wmctrl work correctly with other window managers?

    It works with window managers that understand and comply with the newest 
    freedesktop Window Manager Specification 
    (http://freedesktop.org/wiki/Standards_2fwm_2dspec), i.e. Metacity (Gnome), 
    KWin (KDE), xfwm4 (xfce) and other newer window managers.  There is a list 
    the web page.  Certainly not with older VM:s like twm and mwm.

What happens if you do this (via wmctrl or directly) and you're using
an older wm?  Does it do any harm?

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